Commercialization of the cannabis industry is a slippery slope, as those in the drug abuse and prevention field rightfully contend. But recreational pot is legal in 19 other states, including Illinois and Colorado
As said by Columbia Attorney Dan Viets that legalizing recreational marijuana which seemed to transcend into party politics is not a partisan issue. The fact that the issue made it into the ballot through initiative petitions shows that Missourians can’t rely on the Missouri general assembly to represent their views, he said.
“Rep. Ron Hicks stated that all we’re doing is creating new criminal penalties for marijuana” -The Kansas City Star
In the last legislative session, Hicks’ pro-marijuana legislation stalled at the state Capitol, where Republican-majority lawmakers have routinely refused to approve recreational marijuana use. He wants another crack at the legislative route, telling the radio station: “If we’re going to legalize this, let’s legalize it through the legislature where there’s a framework and everybody’s involved in it, not large corporations from out of state and not the largest lobbyists in our state.”
That’s on brand. GOP lawmakers such as Hicks are fond of telling Missourians what’s best for them. Republicans foolishly fought a voter-approved referendum on Medicaid expansion to the state Supreme Court and lost. Voters must decide the merits of the recreational cannabis proposal, not politicians and judges, who have resisted the trends followed by many other states.
The accused political overrule on Missourians is convicting non-violent marijuana offences and prosecuting minor possession offences. And, The positives of the initiative include new state revenues and judicial reforms. Missouri would collect tens of millions of dollars per year from state taxes on retail marijuana sales, according to budget estimates.
We’re all for allowing the public to deal directly with this issue something that the legislature wouldn’t do.
We can see, though, that positives in the endeavour include new state revenues and judicial reforms. Missouri would collect tens of millions of dollars per year from state taxes on retail marijuana sales, according to budget estimates.
Voters should examine closely how the initiative would put a way on business licenses, and view sceptically the influence of deep-pocketed, out-of-state marijuana businesses.
But Missouri legislators disagreed to the measure should stand down. If voters disapprove of the amendment, then, by all means, go forth with a comprehensive plan that protects the state’s interests but meets the needs of business owners and consumers.
Based on shifting views in recent years to decriminalize cannabis, we’ve pushed for a statewide vote on recreational pot. In 2018, Missourians overwhelmingly approved legalizing medical marijuana, becoming the 33rd state to do so. Five other states have since, in some form, approved the use of pot for medical reasons. Last November, a Gallup poll showed 68% of Americans support the full the legislature wouldn’t do.